The 2008 Boston Red Sox have had many great surprises and many disappointments. The Red Sox farm system has come up big for Boston, and some of the free agent pickups have been let downs.
Jason Varitek had a subpar year for his standards. He struggled all season and never settled into a groove at the plate. His defense, as always, was astonishing. He did a great job with the starting pitchers this year. It is safe to say that he wore down this season as his age is beginning to show in his performance.
It will be interesting to see if the Sox renew Varitek's contract; the market is weak and the Sox aren't ready to start anyone out of the system yet. One possibility could be George Kottoras.
Julio Lugo was the biggest disappointment in Boston in quite some time. He was brought in last year for a five-year deal and it is safe to say the Sox missed on him. He made 16 errors in 81 games for Boston.
He didn't contribute anything at the plate and really was a huge drawback in the first half of the season. Lugo suffered an injury and handed the job over to prospect Jed Lowrie, who will most likely be the next shortstop in Boston.
Mike Lowell was a leader in Boston this year. He was easily the best player with experience on the team. Lowell suffered many injuries, but kept his head and still put in a OK season. He did what he had to do to help the team win ball games.
David Ortiz never settled in this year. He faced a multitude of injuries and it stalled his power numbers very much. Manny Ramirez was a cancer, and I think that it is safe to say that the trade helped this team very much.
Jason Bay came in and was loved immensely by the Boston faithful. He fit in perfectly with Boston and has contributed very much to the team. He has given the team the push that they needed to make the postseason.
If you told anyone that Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis would be the MVPs of the 2008 Boston Red Sox before the season began, they might have had a hard time believing you. Youkilis has begun to take the bat off his shoulder and put the ball into the bleachers.
Youkilis is on pace right now to have 27 home runs and 114 RBI this season. Pedroia has set the tone, hitting all over the lineup and notching over 200 hits this season. Pedroia has gotten most of the attention for AL MVP. He started off his career by winning the Rookie of the Year and now he is chasing the AL MVP title and the batting title.
I would have to say that Youkilis is the Red Sox 2008 MVP because of the RBI production and on-base percentage. Youkilis has turned in stellar defensive performances at first and third base.
Dustin Pedroia should win AL MVP. He leads the league in hits, multi-hit games, batting average, and runs scored. He leads in many other categories, as well. Pedroia has been tops in the league with his defense. He makes superior diving plays and makes the routine plays as well.
Youkilis and Pedroia are MVPs for the regular season, but the true MVP will show up come October.
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